The Meetings Show to use EventReference by RefTech Event App

The Meetings Show to use EventReference by RefTech Event App

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The Meetings Show has announced that it will be using the EventReference by RefTech event app for the 2018 event, which takes place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June at Olympia London. The app is an extension of EventReference – the powerful cloud-based event management platform which is used to handle the diary system and registration for the show.

The app was created last year and trialled at the 2017 event. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback, the app will be available this year for all visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors to use.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Diary access for exhibitors and hosted buyers to see and change appointments.
  • Interactive floor plan and exhibitor list that allows easy movement from floor plan to exhibitor descriptions and vice versa.
  • Fully searchable speaker programme with locations and timings.

David Chapple, group event director for The Meetings Show said: “We want to ensure all visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors get the most out of attending The Meetings Show, and maximise their productive time out of the office –  downloading the show’s official app created by RefTech will help greatly with this. The EventReference app shows all the essential show information in one place. It is intuitive, easy to use and doesn’t take up much memory.”

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer RefTech said: “EventReference has powered The Meetings Show since day one, so when we developed the app last year, it made sense for them to trial it as it seamlessly links with the systems they already use. The EventReference app is simple, easy to use but very powerful – it’s been built to offer an easy and intuitive way to access the essentials that everyone needs when visiting the show.”

Rose Padmore of Opening Doors and Venues visited the show and trialled the app in 2017, she said: “I used the app to access my diary and find speaker sessions. It was simple and easy to use and I could see my whole diary in one screen. It was very useful to have all the essential show information in one place.”

Search for ‘EventReference’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play and chose events code ‘TMS18’.

RefTech will be exhibiting at The Meetings Show on Stand TS26

IMEX America 2018 – the ‘cascade of cool’ continues

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A ‘cascade of cool’ is how one observer described IMEX in Frankfurt, which took place in May. The IMEX Group values – quality, inspiration and collaboration – really shone throughout the show thanks to the new experiences and developments introduced as well as the sheer amount of business and networking evident on the show floor.

IMEX America, taking place this October, will also offer an enormous range of opportunities to do business, discover new destinations, hotels, services and technologies, learn about the latest ideas and trends and make connections.

The show, taking place October 16 – 18 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas, is expanding into larger halls this year, giving IMEX partners and exhibitors plenty of room to demonstrate their inventiveness and flex their marketing muscles.

IMEX America is preceded on October 15 by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, when a vast number of meetings professionals arrive in Las Vegas for a day full of professional development events. Association Evening, the Executive Meetings Forum, PCMA Business School and the Association Leadership Forum (created by ASAE) are among the activities which, along with an extensive program of learning arranged by IMEX strategic partner MPI, will provide educational sessions to suit many needs and specific interests.

Registration is free.

www.imexamerica.com

HelmsBriscoe Expands UK Autism Awareness Fundraising Event

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HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meetings procurement and site selection services, recently announced the expansion of their annual United Kingdom autism awareness fundraising event. The event is part of HelmsBriscoe’s corporate social responsibility initiative, “HB Cares”, and aims to raise funds to help young adults with autism gain work experience in the hospitality industry.

The event will be held next month at the iconic Macdonald Manchester Hotel in partnership with Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall community engagement programme, Bridgewater For All. It will bring together HelmsBriscoe Associates and their clients from across the UK and will give suppliers the opportunity to showcase what Northern England has to offer for meetings groups. All donations collected during the event will go to the HB Cares autism work experience project.

This project was founded in 2012 with support from the MPI Foundation. The goal is to provide participants with confidence in the workplace and to educate employers about the benefits of employing someone on the autistic spectrum. So far this year, HB Cares has raised more than £30,000 through supplier donations for this project, which has enabled young people to gain valuable work experience – primarily in the South of the UK. By expanding the project, HB hopes to engage more youth with autism in the North, as well.

“This project has been truly rewarding to support,” said HelmsBriscoe Managing Director, Northern Europe, Carole McKellar. “We are very excited to be able to expand this project geographically to reach a broader range of youth and continue to raise awareness about autism.”

If you are interested in attending this fantastic event, please email Caroline Slater on cslater@helmsbriscoe.com for more information.

New Director, Global Accounts Joins HelmsBriscoe’s Northern Europe Team

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HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meetings procurement and site selection services, recently announced the addition of Karen Johnston as Director, Global Accounts to their Northern European team. In her role, Johnston will focus on building and driving strategic relationships with clients in Northern Europe.

Johnston has more than 29 years of experience in the MICE, business travel, and hospitality sectors. She has a commanding record of accomplishment in business development, account management and operations, having worked in senior leadership roles for several leading agencies.

Prior to joining HelmsBriscoe, Johnston worked as Commercial Director at Wyboston Lakes, where she re-engineered the entire sales and account management divisions, and implemented a new team, process, and CRM platform. Prior to her role at Wyboston Lakes, she worked with a leading global events agency where she was instrumental in creating and driving the Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) discipline. In addition to her expertise in SMM programs, Karen also has experience developing consolidation models for her clients.

“I am thrilled to have joined HelmsBriscoe,” said Johnston. “I feel that I have reached a pinnacle point in my career where I can truly embrace HelmsBriscoe’s entrepreneurial culture to bring value to clients.” 

“We have worked closely with Karen over many years, and we have always been impressed with her passion and enthusiasm for delivering solutions to her clients,” said HelmsBriscoe’s Managing Director for Northern Europe, Carole McKellar. “We know she will be a great asset to our HelmsBriscoe team in Northern Europe!”

Positive Impact Events are challenging the events industry to make their impact a positive one.

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Along with numerous other campaigns such as ‘Girls Creating’ and ‘#ShareaPositiveImpact’, every year Positive Impact host #CRSshareDay which is a 24 hour live twitter campaign. This is where renowned sustainability champions across the globe host an hour of conversation discussing CSR and sustainability

This years on the 23rd of April 2018, their CSR share Day was the best ever with….

  • Over 400 contributors
  • A reach of over 1.6 million
  • 5,532,082 timeline deliveries

You can download the full report on the outcome of CSR share day here

If you want to get involved in championing the creation of a sustainable event industry, why not join their ambassador program?

The benefits for you are…

  • It’s the best way to find information on trends in sustainable events.
  • Find out how to be a part of future campaigns.
  • Links you to an international community of influencers.
  • Free educational material and discounts on content such as roadmaps, top tips and content blogs on sustainability in events.

https://www.positiveimpactevents.com

https://twitter.com/PIevents

https://www.linkedin.com/company/positive-impact-events

https://www.facebook.com/positiveimpacteventsglobal

Emma Buchanan joins Small Planet Group as Client Services Coordinator

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Small Planet Group, the specialist healthcare industry events and communications organisation, has announced the appointment of Emma Buchanan as Client Services Coordinator.

Emma has more than 20 years events experience, specialising in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry. This includes roles with AstraZeneca’s meetings management team, over 7 years at Grass Roots and more recently at Lime Blue Solutions.

“I am delighted to have joined the Client Services team at Small Planet Group.  I am joining during a very positive time for the company and I’m excited to be involved going forward”

More than 700 Event & Hospitality Professionals Set to Attend Cvent CONNECT Europe 2018 Sell-out success from last year sees event move to Business Design Centre

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More than 700 professionals from across the meetings, events, hospitality and travel world are set to attend the second Cvent CONNECT Europe conference this year. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event held last year, the conference is set to double in size and is moving to a bigger venue; the Business Design Centre in London, running from 1st – 2nd October 2018.

The theme of this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe is: “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that meetings, events, and hospitality have on the business world. Unlike previous years, the conference will have overlapping sessions for both planners and suppliers in order to enable further networking among attendees.

Registration is now live and individuals can sign up to attend via the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.

Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide industry professionals with the opportunity to attend more than 30 educational sessions and learn best practice and live demo experiences of the latest industry technology at the Innovation Pavilion.

“We had such powerful positive feedback from our first Cvent CONNECT Europe. As a result, we are taking our event to the next level in every way and we look forward to welcoming our planner delegates once again.” Says David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe.

“Last year, more than 490 events professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for double this number. The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers: It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to experience the power of live events, network, and learn the latest advancements in our industry,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “We power some of the largest meetings and events in the world and hold hundreds of our own each year, with Cvent CONNECT as the crown jewel. It demonstrates our passion and mission to create the technology to power human connection.”

A powerful new partnership that pushes boundaries: the IMEX Group and C2 International announce joint partnership

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C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.

The three-year agreement represents the first time that C2 International has partnered with another event. The partnership aligns the visions of both organisations through dedicated events at IMEX shows as well as ongoing opportunities and content throughout the year. The aim of the partnership is to educate and inspire the meetings and event industry and to further the missions of both organisations, particularly in relation to driving innovation and creativity.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “At IMEX, our mission is to unite and advance the meetings industry, helping every single audience within it to increase their skills and knowledge and to push for innovation that generates fresh value. Our partnership with C2 International certainly helps us to fulfil this. With everything we do, our goal is to offer new and creative experiences and education for all our show participants in Frankfurt and America, and we look forward to working with the ground-breaking team at C2 International to deliver this.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with IMEX, who has certainly earned its place as an industry leader in the global meetings sector,” says Martin Enault, President and CEO of C2 International, Asia Pacific.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for C2 International to share our expertise in creating transformative and immersive events in the cities of Frankfurt and Las Vegas around IMEX shows.”

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 15 – 17 May, 2018.

Inspo Club’ aims to ‘SPARK THINKING’ of Year 6 pupils in new primary school partnership

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SPARK THINKING – the global events and communications agency – has launched a joint initiative with a Nottingham-based primary school which aims to encourage the creative confidence of Year 6 pupils.

‘Inspo Club’ is a new-concept lunchtime club for children in their final year at Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, and is the brain-child of SPARK THINKING’s Head of Global Sales Support, Janina Monaghan, who describes it as ‘a place where they can unleash their creativity, collaborate with others and have fun!’

Year 6s will get the chance to talk about creativity and what it means to them, explore new technology, look at where ideas come from, bringing them to life through play, and generally be curious about the world around them!

“At SPARK THINKING, we place great emphasis on the benefits of thinking creatively, and continually encourage our staff to do this through initiatives and rituals designed to spark their imagination,” explains Janina. “I’m inspired every day by the talented people I work with and I want to be able to share what I learn – what better audience than the next generation?”

It was through one of these initiatives – SPARK Shorts, a lunchtime workshop where employees are encouraged to share creative experiences, hobbies or ideas with their colleagues – that Janina was inspired to take SPARK Shorts on tour into the classroom.

“Bringing SPARK Shorts on tour into a school in the form of ‘Inspo Club’ seemed a natural step, as it’s a way we, as a business can share our experiences and support young people,” says Janina. “But I’m confident we’ll gain as much, if not more, from the children themselves.”

Head teacher of Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, Clare Allsopp, shares Janina’s belief in the power of the children’s limitless imaginations.

“Children have a natural creativity and enquiring minds, which if encouraged and retained, will benefit their future careers and indeed their lives in immeasurable ways,” says head teacher Clare Allsopp.

SPARK THINKING’s Inspo Club will run for 6-weeks and will introduce the children to a broad spectrum of topics. To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.

To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com  or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.

“It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age”

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Attending a scientific congress or meeting overtakes professional journals and publications as the educational channel of choice for Healthcare Professionals – according to findings of new study.  Ashfield Meetings & Events, an international leader in healthcare events, has released a 2018 follow-up study to its 2016 ‘Future Of Meetings’ white paper.

The ‘Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings’ compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of specialty areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape.

By looking at the individual component factors of why HCPs attend events, Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare, has been able to utilise the data to better understand the motivations and desires of HCPS, while also building a strategy for successful meetings in the future.

“Comparing the results of our 2016 study to the findings we discovered only two years later has been a fascinating exercise,” said Gavin Houston, CEO Americas of Ashfield Meetings & Events. “A key outcome in this white paper is that HCPs are saying their ‘preferred channel’ to receive scientific content across their medical learning journey, is through attendance at a scienfic congress or meeting.”

Gavin Houston continues, “It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age. What also comes across though, is that HCPs attend meetings that offer a real return for the time and money they have invested. Further education which ultimately leads to improving patient care is very clearly at the forefront of their attendance decisions, making the quality and delivery of the content a vital element of an event’s success.”

For more findings from The Science Of Healthcare Meetings the full white paper is available here to download.